Volunteer Musician Program

Become a Volunteer Musician

BIDMC’s Volunteer Musician Program provides live performances in our lobby areas to alleviate the stress many patients and visitors experience when entering or waiting in a medical environment. The program also provides musicians flexible opportunities to share their talents in the service of caring for others.

We are seeking mature and sensitive volunteers who have substantial experience as musicians. Volunteer Musicians receive training focused on how to play in public, non-performance spaces. They also receive BIDMC volunteer benefits, including education, support, free parking, and a cafeteria coupon.

To apply to be a volunteer musician, please complete an application. You will be asked to upload a recording of yourself playing your instrument. For questions, please contact Jaime Riggs, Program Administrator, Spiritual Care and Education.

What Does a Volunteer Musician Do?

Volunteer Musicians provide relaxing music to enhance the lobby environments of the Rosenberg, Farr, and Feldberg Buildings, as well as the lobby of the Shapiro Outpatient Center. Volunteers work closely with the Program Supervisor to ensure that high quality service is delivered and that Volunteer Musicians are comfortable playing in a medical center setting.

  • Substantial experience as a musician and the ability to perform independently.
  • Maturity, as well as sensitivity to the needs of a hospital environment.
  • The ability to take direction and respond to feedback on aspects of playing, including feel, volume, and content.
  • A friendly, positive and enthusiastic attitude.

To be determined by availability

How To Become a Volunteer Musician at BIDMC

If you have any questions, please email Jaime Riggs, Program Administrator, Spiritual Care and Education.

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